James: Hi. I’m James with S&S Tire on Brannon Crossing. Has that ever happened to you, you get in the car in the morning, take off to work but your car just won’t start? Here’s the problem, a dead battery. A dead battery may be caused by something as simple as just a light or door ajar that’s been left over night. This will easily drain your battery down and give you potential problems in the morning. An easy solution is to pop the hood, jump the car off at the battery and just let it run and charge for a few minutes. Once you know that it’s charged after a while, then you can check for interior lights, maybe in a glove box or a backdoor open, or an interior overhead light on. If you know you haven’t left the door ajar or a light on, a bonehead mistake easily done, maybe you just have a bad battery and it’s time to get it checked. A typical battery’s lifespan is three to five years depending on the driving conditions. If you’re unsure of your battery’s date, inspect the battery for a manufacturer’s date. A good tip is when you replace your batter, if it doesn’t already have a date on it, write it on the battery or even on a piece of tape and stick it directly to the top of the battery so you can always check it and remember when you installed it last. If you’re unsure of your battery’s age, you can always have it professionally checked. It’s better to be safe than sorry, so you can be on the road when you need to be. I’m James with S&S Tire and that’s your tip of the day from Under The Hood. Speaker 2: Now at S&S Tire, buy four Continental or General Tires and get four free oil changes.

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